Ticket to Ride Expansions Ranked and Recommended

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Ticket to Ride has been out a while now and it is a fantastic gateway game. It is a great game that you can pull out and play with non gamers when the need arises. It is easy to learn and fun to play.

If you are looking for a game that you can enjoy with family and friends. Then this one is a great choice. As you race to claim your routes and gain more victory points than your opponents. Will you get the longest route or will you be pipped to the post?

I will explain which base games you need and which are expansions or variations. This article explains everything you need to know about Ticket to Ride expansions. I will also rank them and make my recommendations at the end. You will need either Ticket to Ride or Ticket to Ride Europe to be able to use any of the expansions.

If you don’t own these yet then you will need to buy one of them to get an expansion. Don’t worry, we have you covered and can recommend the best one for you. Take a look at the table below.

Title
Best Base Game
Ticket to Ride Europe
Best Expansion
Ticket to Ride United Kingdom
Best 2-3 Player
Ticket to Ride India
Best 4-6 Player
Ticket to Ride Asia
Best City Game
Ticket to Ride London
Ticket to Ride Europe Board Game | Family Board Game | Board Game for Adults and Family | Train Game | Ages 8+ | For 2 to 5 players | Average Playtime 30-60 minutes | Made by Days of Wonder
Ticket to Ride United Kingdom Board Game EXPANSION | Board Game for Adults and Family | Train Game | Ages 8+ | For 2 to 5 players | Average Playtime 30-60 minutes | Made by Days of Wonder
Ticket to Ride India Board Game EXPANSION | Family Board Game | Board Game for Adults and Family | Train Game | Ages 8+ | For 2 to 5 players | Average Playtime 30-60 minutes | Made by Days of Wonder
Ticket to Ride Asia Board Game EXPANSION | Family Board Game | Board Game for Adults and Family | Train Game | Ages 8+ | For 2 to 6 players | Average Playtime 30-60 minutes | Made by Days of Wonder
Ticket to Ride London Board Game | Family Board Game | Board Game for Adults and Family | Bus Game | Ages 8+ | For 2 to 4 players | Average Playtime 10-15 minutes | Made by Days of Wonder
Released
2005
2015
2011
2011
2019
Players
2-5
2-5
2-4
2-6
2-4
Multiple Maps
Standalone
Best Base Game
Title
Ticket to Ride Europe
Ticket to Ride Europe Board Game | Family Board Game | Board Game for Adults and Family | Train Game | Ages 8+ | For 2 to 5 players | Average Playtime 30-60 minutes | Made by Days of Wonder
Released
2005
Players
2-5
Multiple Maps
Standalone
Best Expansion
Title
Ticket to Ride United Kingdom
Ticket to Ride United Kingdom Board Game EXPANSION | Board Game for Adults and Family | Train Game | Ages 8+ | For 2 to 5 players | Average Playtime 30-60 minutes | Made by Days of Wonder
Released
2015
Players
2-5
Multiple Maps
Standalone
Best 2-3 Player
Title
Ticket to Ride India
Ticket to Ride India Board Game EXPANSION | Family Board Game | Board Game for Adults and Family | Train Game | Ages 8+ | For 2 to 5 players | Average Playtime 30-60 minutes | Made by Days of Wonder
Released
2011
Players
2-4
Multiple Maps
Standalone
Best 4-6 Player
Title
Ticket to Ride Asia
Ticket to Ride Asia Board Game EXPANSION | Family Board Game | Board Game for Adults and Family | Train Game | Ages 8+ | For 2 to 6 players | Average Playtime 30-60 minutes | Made by Days of Wonder
Released
2011
Players
2-6
Multiple Maps
Standalone
Best City Game
Title
Ticket to Ride London
Ticket to Ride London Board Game | Family Board Game | Board Game for Adults and Family | Bus Game | Ages 8+ | For 2 to 4 players | Average Playtime 10-15 minutes | Made by Days of Wonder
Released
2019
Players
2-4
Multiple Maps
Standalone

If you want to see some more information about Ticket to Ride Europe the you can read my Ticket to Ride Europe review that will give you all the details.

First up let’s have a look at the Ticket to Ride games that have been released and see what there are.

Ticket to Ride Expansions Ranked and Recommended

Table of Contents

  1. Ticket to Ride Base Games
  2. Ticket to Ride Standalone Games
  3. Ticket to Ride Expansions
    1. 2-3 Player Recommendation
    2. 4-6 Player Recommendation
  4. Ticket to Ride City Games
  5. Conclusion

What Types of Ticket to Ride Expansions are There?

The original Ticket to Ride was released in 2004 and was a huge success. It was based in North America. The following year Days of Wonder released Ticket to Ride Europe that had a different board covering Europe along with some new rule variations that made the game a little more interesting.

Following on from that in 2006 was the first release of an expansion with Ticket to Ride USA 1910. This was effectively additional cards and therefore required either Ticket to Ride or Ticket to Ride Europe to play.

Since then there have been 19 further releases of standalone games or expansions. However, this can be a little confusing and if you are not careful will end up buying an expansion that requires a base game. See the table below to easily identify which are base games and require a base game to play.

ReleasedPlayers2nd mapPlaytimeStandaloneNotes
Ticket to Ride20042-530-60Y
Ticket to Ride Europe20052-530-60Y
Ticket to Ride USA 191020062-530-60NRequires Ticket to Ride, cards only included
Ticket to Ride Nordic Countries20072-330-60Y
Ticket to Ride Europa 191220092-530-60NRequires Ticket to Ride Europe, cards only included
Ticket to Ride Asia20114-62-530-60NRequires Ticket to Ride or Ticket to Ride Europe
Ticket to Ride India + Switzerland20112-42-330-60NRequires Ticket to Ride or Ticket to Ride Europe
Ticket to Ride – The Heart of Africa20122-530-60NRequires Ticket to Ride or Ticket to Ride Europe
Ticket to Ride Nederland20132-530-60NRequires Ticket to Ride or Ticket to Ride Europe
Ticket to Ride United Kingdom20152-42-530-75NRequires Ticket to Ride or Ticket to Ride Europe
Ticket to Ride Orient Express20152-530-60NRequires Ticket to Ride Europe
Ticket to Ride Rails and Sails20162-590-120Y
Ticket to Ride First Journey20162-515-30YAge: 6+
Ticket to Ride Germany20172-530-60Y
Ticket to Ride First Journey Europe20172-415-30YAge: 6+
Ticket to Ride France20172-52-630-60NRequires Ticket to Ride or Ticket to Ride Europe
Ticket to Ride New York20182-410-15Y
Ticket to Ride London20192-410-15Y
Ticket to Ride Japan20192-530-60NRequires Ticket to Ride or Ticket to Ride Europe
Ticket to Ride Amsterdam20202-410-15Y
Ticket to Ride 15th Anniversary20212-530-60Y
Ticket to Ride Europe 15th Anniversary20212-530-60Y
List of all Ticket to Ride games

I have categorized the games into 3 as follows:

  1. Standalones
  2. Expansions Requiring a Standalone Game
  3. City Games

Ticket to Ride Base Games

There are two base games that will enable you to buy expansions and play them. The two versions that are considered base games are:

  • Ticket to Ride
  • Ticket to Ride Europe

You will need either of these to be able to buy and use an expansion. Obviously the 15th Anniversary editions of these games will be fine too.

If you are interested in the differences between Ticket to Ride and Ticket to Ride Europe then read my How do You Play Ticket to Ride Europe post or Ticket to Ride Europe board game review.

Ticket to Ride Standalone Games

In order to play Ticket to Ride you will need to buy a standalone game first. I am not counting the city games in with the standalones as they are effectively a different variation of the game. Each of the city games can be purchased as a standalone.

There are 5 adult standalone games plus 2 anniversary versions and 2 childrens games called First Journey.

Adult Standalone

ReleasedPlayersPlaytime (m)
Ticket to Ride20042-530-60
Ticket to Ride Europe20052-530-60
Ticket to Ride Nordic Countries20072-330-60
Ticket to Ride Rails and Sails20162-590-120
Ticket to Ride Germany20172-530-60
Standalone Ticket to Ride games

Each of these games can be played as standalone. You will need Ticket to Ride or Ticket to Ride Europe to be able to use expansions. You will also notice that Ticket to Ride Rails and Sails has a massive playtime jump of 90-120 minutes.

Ticket to Ride Rails and Sails is a much bigger game that introduces ports and ships to Ticket to Ride. You get a two sided board with the US Great Lakes on one side and the entire world on the other. The worldwide map will take the longest to play.

In the normal standalone versions you get 45 trains per player and these are required to be used in expansions. However, in Ticket to Ride Rails and Sails your pieces are divided into trains and ships. You only get 25 colored trains per player. 

This unfortunately means that you cannot buy an expansion and use it with Ticket to Ride Rails and Sails. If you buy this game then you will still need to purchase another standalone game to access the expansions.

Saying all that, Ticket to Ride Rails and Sails is a good option. Many of the expansions, with a few exceptions that we will come onto later, are pretty much just new maps with slight variations to the base game. So, if you are not too interested in expansions then this would be a good choice as it has some nice mechanics that increase the tension and make the game harder.

My recommendation for a standalone purchase as a base game would be Ticket to Ride Europe. This is a great map with added mechanics for ferries, tunnels and stations which add to the complexity. It makes Ticket to Ride just that little bit more fun.

Anniversary Versions

ReleasedPlayersPlaytime (m)
Ticket to Ride 10th Anniversary20142-530-60
Ticket to Ride Europe 15th Anniversary20212-5 30-60 
Ticket to Ride Anniversary games

The 15th Anniversary editions are oversized and come with extras like metal tins to hold the trains in. The train pieces themselves are very nicely detailed along with all new artwork. They will work with any of the expansions mentioned in this article.

Children’s Versions

ReleasedAgePlayersPlaytime (m)
Ticket to Ride First Journey20166+2-415-30
Ticket to Ride First Journey Europe20176+2-415-30
Ticket to Ride Childrens Versions

Days of Wonder has released two kids versions of the game with Ticket to Ride First Journey and Ticket to Ride First Journey Europe. These are simplified and perfect for kids from 6+. I bought Ticket to Ride First Journey for my daughter who is 5 and we just love playing it. When I can get her to sit still that is!

The game is perfect for introducing your kids to a little more than just snakes and ladders or Eye Found It.

Neither of the Ticket to Ride First Journey games are designed to work with the expansions for obvious reasons.

Ticket to Ride Expansions

Okay, so we know what you need to be able to play the expansions. Now let’s get into the expansions themselves and which ones I recommend. Here is a list of the expansions ranked:

RankTitlePlayers2nd mapNew MechanicsTTRTTR Europe
1Ticket to Ride USA 19102-5No  
2Ticket to Ride United Kingdom2-42-5Yes  
3Ticket to Ride Japan2-5Yes  
4Ticket to Ride India + Switzerland2-42-3Yes  
5Ticket to Ride Asia4-62-5Yes  
6Ticket to Ride Europa 19122-5No  
7Ticket to Ride France2-52-6Yes  
8Ticket to Ride – The Heart of Africa2-5Yes  
9Ticket to Ride Nederland2-5Yes  
10Ticket to Ride Orient Express2-5No  

You can see that some of the expansions provide new mechanics. I have classified this as anything that is different from the original Ticket to Ride game. Expansions like Ticket to Ride United Kingdom and Ticket to Ride India use some of the mechanics found in Ticket to Ride Europe.

Ticket to Ride USA 1910 or Ticket to Ride Europa 1912 is a good first expansion and ones I would recommend. If you are looking for new maps then I recommend Ticket to Ride United Kingdom. This gives you two new maps and some new mechanics in the Technology Cards.

If you often play with 2-3 players or 4-6 then here are my recommendations for expansions that will perfectly fit your needs.

2-3 Player Recommendation

Most of these expansions say 2-4 players but Ticket to Ride isn’t at its best with 2. The board is so large that you will struggle to have any impact on your opponents with that number.

So, if you often play with 2 or 3 players then Ticket to Ride India and Switzerland is a must. It gives you a great new map in India with some new mechanics introducing circular routes.

However, the Switzerland map is much smaller and is designed for 2-3 players. Playing this map is hugely fun and way more competitive with that number. You’ll find you’ll be able to thwart your opponent more easily and also be thwarted yourself. It has the Tunnels mechanic in it from Ticket to Ride Europe which is nice. My recommendation for 2-3 players is Ticket to Ride India.

4-6 Player Recommendation

On the other extreme you have Ticket to Ride France and Ticket to Ride Asia for up to 6 players. If you are playing with more than 4 often then these are a good option for an expansion.

Ticket to Ride France

Ticket to Ride France map is for 2-5 players and brings in the Track Laying mechanic. Which means you have to build the track before you can place your trains on it and claim the route.

The track laying mechanic means that at every player’s turn they get to lay a piece of track down on the board. This is quite interesting as if you are not careful you could reveal to your opponents where you want to build a route. Leaving them with the opportunity to lay their trains first.

The other aspects of this mechanic is that you get to choose which color track you lay. Which means you can be quite strategic about that.

When tracks are laid they do cross over other potential tracks too. This effectively blocks that track from ever being laid. Another point where you can block your opponents’ plans. This is a nicely thought out expansion.

Along with the France map you also get the Old West map. It comes with the components to enable you to play with a 6th player. You also get some cities as a new mechanic. The cities are laid in reverse order from whoever is starting.

Once the cities are laid each player must lay their first train and claim their first route from their start city. This city becomes the effective head office and all your claimed routes must connect back to the starting city. 

You cannot claim a route if it does not connect to your existing network. You can lay more cities out on the board. Doing this will mean that when any other player claims a route that connects to your city you get their points. If they have a city at the other end then they score points too.

If someone claims a route between two cities they own then they get double points. 

This mechanic really changes the way Ticket to Ride plays. You cannot claim routes on the other side of the board or that are disconnected from your network. Which means you need to select your routes wisely.

Ticket to Ride Asia

Ticket to Ride Asia on the other hand brings two new maps both for Asia. The Legendary Asia map is designed as a normal Ticket to Ride game for 2-5 players.

If you claim a two space route with two trains then you must also discard two trains from your reserve. For the two discarded trains you only get 2 points each. This can limit your final score so that has to be taken into account when trying to get to places like Kathmandu.

The legendary map has the Ferries mechanic found in Ticket to Ride Europe. It also brings the mountainous route which is new. This is considered to be a dangerous route. 

The other map is designed for team players. In this version you need 4 or 6 players teamed up into teams of 2. Each team has 54 trains split between each player. This makes 27 trains each.

Each team should sit together so that their turns are consecutive, one after the other. Each team also has two card holders. One for shared Train cards and one for shared Tickets. Teammates can chat but cannot share information with each other.

The team needs to work together by sharing destination and Ticket cards by placing them on the card holders. Each player still works towards their cards but now the other player knows what they are.

This is a really fun team game and brings a whole new dimension to playing Ticket to Ride. It really adds suspense as you try and work out what your teammate is doing along with the opponents. 

If you often want to play with 6 players then my recommendation is Ticket to Ride Asia.

Ticket to Ride City Games

Finally there are the city games. These are smaller and faster games to play. They are still designed by Alan R Moon and so follows the basic structure of Ticket to Ride. However, they do depart from trains. 

For example the Ticket to Ride London has you creating routes between destinations such Hyde Park and the Tower of London. You then place buses instead of trains onto the spaces. In Ticket to Ride New York you connect routes like Chelsea and Lower East Side with Taxis. You get the idea.

Here are the current versions available:

ReleasedPlayersPlaytime (m)
Ticket to Ride New York20182-410-15
Ticket to Ride London20192-410-15
Ticket to Ride Amsterdam20202-410-15
Ticket to Ride City games

These games are fun and quick so could be good filler games at the beginning or end of a session. They are again useful for non gamers to play.

They are all 2-4 players and completely standalone from the other games. So you can pick the one that takes your interest. My recommendation is Ticket to Ride London but there is little between them.

Conclusion

That wraps things up as far as Ticket to Ride expansions. You have all the expansions ranked and my recommendations on which ones to buy.

I recommend buying Ticket to Ride Europe as your base game but only because it has the ferries and tunnels mechanics. If you already have Ticket to Ride I would not rush out and buy another base game. Either one gives you the opportunity to expand.

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Ticket to Ride Europe
Build your tracks across Europe in this fast-paced and strategic board game. Connect iconic European cities across a map of the early 20th-century Europe and build your train routes to earn points.

As far as expansions are concerned. The simple card expansions are a good place to start so Ticket to Ride USA 1910 or Ticket to Ride Europa 1912 depending on your base game. 

Ticket to Ride USA 1910
With new components, the USA 1910 expansion cards and rules variants will really change your strategies and tactics when you play Ticket to Ride. They will surprise even long-time veteran railroaders and bring hundreds of hours of new fun to your family and friends. So hop on board and discover… a whole new ride with Ticket to Ride – USA 1910!

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Ticket to Ride Europa 1912
The Europa 1912 expansion enables 3 new variants to the Ticket to Ride Europe map: ‘Europe Expanded’, ‘Big Cities of Europe’ and ‘Mega Europe’. Europa 1912 also introduces Warehouses and Depots – two new game elements that bring an exciting new layer of strategy to all versions of Ticket to Ride!

If you want more maps then Ticket to Ride United Kingdom is a great expansion. It will give you a change of scenery plus some new mechanics to increase your enjoyment. You will love Ticket to Ride United Kingdom.

If you want an epic game then Ticket to Ride Rails and Sails will give you that. With the added ports and ships you will have much more to play with. 

The game is likely to take 2 hours to play and you will find this game is completely different from the other standalones. This is a more mature version of Ticket to Ride and this is probably not as accessible to non gamers as the other versions.

Finally you have the city games and Ticket to Ride First Journey. These are down to your preference. They are all standalone and so choosing which interests you (or your children) is the best choice.

I chose Ticket to Ride First Journey USA for my daughter because I thought she would enjoy that more. It also helps her to learn about the different city names around the US.

For the city game then I recommend Ticket to Ride London.

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Ticket to Ride London
Welcome to the ’70s world capital of fashion and music. Jump aboard a famous double-decker bus to rumble through London’s historic streets, breeze past Buckingham Palace, pop into the British Museum or listen to Big Ben’s chime echo across the Thames…

Ticket to Ride is one of the most popular gateway games out there and has sold millions of copies. Its flexibility and ease in which to learn makes it great for bringing out to play with new friends.

I hope you will enjoy expanding your game and having many more hours of fun with friends and family.

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